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Part of the Eugene O'Neill FestivalAh, Wilderness!

MAR 9 – APR 8, 2012

By Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Kyle Donnelly

Illustration by Rob Carter

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Who's Who

CAST (in alphabetical order)

Allison Leigh CorkeALLISON LEIGH CORKE (Norah) is honored to make her Arena Stage debut. Local credits include Holiday (Linda) and By Jeeves (Madeline) at 1st Stage, Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Helen) at Keegan Theatre, Stage Door (Jean Maitland) at American Century Theater, and performances with Scena Theatre and the Madcap Winter Carnival of New Works. She has also performed with Georgia Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar) and PTP/NYC (Scenes from an Execution). Allison was a proud member of the National Players’ 60th tour, based out of Olney Theater Center. Back

Leo EricksonLEO ERICKSON (David McComber) recently played Darwin in Darwin in Malibu with Washington Stage Guild. He previously appeared at Arena Stage in Passion Play, a cycle. Performances at other area theaters include The Solid Gold Cadillac, Guantanamo, The Life of Galileo, A Class Act and Prometheus at Studio Theatre; Dog in the Manger and Major Barbara at Shakespeare Theatre Company; The Voysey Inheritance and Mary Stuart at Center Stage; Big Love at Woolly Mammoth; and leading roles at Rep Stage and Olney Theatre Center. His regional work includes Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Honeyman in A Walk in the Woods. His international work includes Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms at Sibu Theatre Festival (Romania) and Merlin Theatre (Budapest). Back

James FlanaganJAMES FLANAGAN (Wint Selby) recently appeared in The Cherry Orchard at Quotidian Theatre Company. Other credits include House of Gold at Woolly Mammoth; Photograph 51 at Theater J; dark play or stories for boys at Forum Theatre; The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at Studio Theatre 2nd Stage; columbinus at Round House Theatre; and other productions with Rep Stage, Perseverance Theatre, Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences, Taffety Punk’s Bootleg Shakespeare and New York Theatre Workshop. Film: Absentia (featuring Doug Jones). Special thanks to everyone at Arena, the Flanagan family, and Grace. Back

Rick FoucheuxRICK FOUCHEUX (Nat Miller) is always pleased to return to Arena Stage, where he appeared as Bucky in R. Buckminster Fuller, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Devery in Kyle Donnelly’s production of Born Yesterday and last spring in Theater J’s production of The Chosen. His many roles over the past 29 years include appearances at Shakespeare Theatre, Studio, Olney Theatre Center, Folger, Round House, and Woolly Mammoth. Rick has twice received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Leading Actor. He is a Lunt-Fontanne fellow of the Ten Chimneys Foundation. Back

Jonathan Lincoln FriedJONATHAN LINCOLN FRIED (Sid Davis) has appeared at Arena Stage in A Time to Kill and Born Yesterday (dir. Kyle Donnelly). At Shakespeare Theatre he played Menelaus in JoAnne Akalaitis’ Trojan Women. NY credits: BAM’s Bridge Project with London’s Old Vic (The Tempest), Signature (Landscape of the Body, Sleep Deprivation Chamber), NYSF (Two Noble Kinsmen, Hamlet), TFNA (Hamlet, Coriolanus), NYTW (Anne Bogart’s 1951), Ohio Theater (No Plays No Poetry). Regional: Mark Taper (Slavs), Yale Rep (Richard II), Williamstown (Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters), Old Globe (Orson in Orson’s Shadow), and many roles at ART, including Edmund in King Lear. Jonathan was a longtime company member at Trinity Rep (Tom in Glass Menagerie, Treplev in Seagull). Film and TV include B.A.P.S., Person of Interest, SMASH, and all the Law & Orders. Back

Talisa FriedmanTALISA FRIEDMAN (Mildred) is thrilled to make her Arena Stage debut and return to the D.C. stage for the first time since she performed in Studio Theatre’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie as a high school senior. She recently played the role of Cindy Brady in The Bardy Bunch, which won Best Ensemble at the NYC Fringe Fest. Other recent appearances include the world premiere stage adaption of Donnie Darko (Cherita) at American Repertory Theater, the premiere of the NAMT-winning Snow (Georgia) at Spirit of Broadway Theater, and Liz Swados’ oratorio Resilient Souls (Jean Donovan). She graduated from Harvard, where she was awarded the Jonathan Levy Prize for Most Promising Actor and the David McCord Prize for the Arts. Back

Davis Chandler HastyDAVIS CHANDLER HASTY (Arthur) is pleased to make his debut appearance at Arena Stage. Other D.C. area credits include A Wrinkle in Time (Round House Theatre), One Flea Spare (Forum Theatre), Becky’s New Car (Bay Theatre), and Charlotte’s Web (Adventure Theatre). Davis is a graduate of Duke Univ. and of the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in Connecticut. Back

Thomas LangstonTHOMAS LANGSTON (Tommy) makes his first appearance with Arena Stage. His Washington-Baltimore appearances include Bert in All My Sons at Everyman Theatre and several area theatrical productions, including Peter Pan, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Snow White (as Grumpy). Thomas has also been seen in the feature films J. Edgar and Meet Dave with Eddie Murphy. His TV credits include Tommy in Paternity, an episode of Law & Order: SVU, and young Thomas Adams in the HBO production John Adams. Thomas is excited to be part of this company. Back

T.J. LangstonT.J. LANGSTON (Tommy: Thu eves) is delighted to make his first appearance with Arena Stage. Other Washington- Baltimore appearances include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Olney Theatre, Bert in All My Sons at Everyman Theatre, Oliver in Oliver! at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, and Louis in The King and I at Toby’s, as well as several other theatrical productions. T.J. has also done several TV commercials. He studies piano, plays soccer, loves all animals, and sings with The Young Columbians. Back

Pearl RheinPEARL RHEIN (Belle) is thrilled to make her Arena Stage debut! New York appearances include Deb in (and composer for) Hotel Apocalypse (Page 73 Productions), Willow in Willow’s One Night Stand (Foxy Films & Stage Productions), and Carstairs the Dog in The Red Letterbox (Brooklyn College at Classic Stage Company). Pearl has appeared regionally at Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Rita in Cowgirls), Playhouse on Park (Lisa in Collected Stories), and La Jolla Playhouse (Ensemble in Memphis). She is also a singer-songwriter and composer (www.pearlrhein. com) and a proud holder of a B.S. in theater from Ball State Univ. and M.F.A. in acting from UC San Diego. Big thanks to Kyle. Back

William Patrick RileyWILLIAM PATRICK RILEY (Richard) is very excited to make his Arena Stage debut. Other credits include: Hoover Comes Alive! (La Jolla Playhouse); The Tempest, Twelfth Night, As You Like It (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); The Seagull, Camino Real, The Misanthrope, As You Like It (UCSD). Recent TV credits include appearances on Torchwood and 90210. William is co-founder and artistic director of Lonesome No More! Theatre in Los Angeles, where he recently directed a highly acclaimed production of Spring Awakening. He earned his M.F.A. in acting from University of California, San Diego. Thanks to Kyle and the cast! Back

Nancy RobinetteNANCY ROBINETTE (Essie) most recently appeared at Arena Stage in You, Nero; Death of a Salesman; Well; and Christmas Carol 1941. She has also been seen recently at Studio Theatre in New Electric Ballroom, Souvenir and Frozen; The Carpetbagger’s Children at Ford’s Theatre; Ideal Husband and Heir Apparent at Shakespeare Theatre. She has appeared at Old Globe, Paper Mill, Williamstown, New York Theatre Workshop, Roundabout, and McCarter theaters. TV includes Louie and Homicide. Films: Serial Mom, Soldier Jack, The Hunley and The Day Lincoln Was Shot. Back

June SchreinerJUNE SCHREINER (Muriel McComber) is absolutely having the time of her life. She is a senior at the Madeira School – Go Snails! After two summers at the Arena Academy and two rounds in Oklahoma!, she is so excited to be back. Credits include Oklahoma! (Arena Stage), Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Snow Queen, Hansel and Gretel (Synetic); Grey Gardens (Studio); Urinetown (RCP); and Little Women, directed by the wonderful Bill Schreiner. Thanks to Kyle, Dan, the cast, and the whole Arena Stage family. And special love to Mom, Dad, and her big bro! Back

Kimberly SchrafKIMBERLY SCHRAF (Lily) is delighted to return to Arena Stage since appearing in Kyle Donnelly’s production of The Women. Other D.C. appearances include After the Fall at Theatre J; The Carpetbagger’s Children and Sabrina Fair at Ford’s Theatre; Freedomland and Measure for Pleasure (Hayes nom, Lead Actress) at Woolly Mammoth; Angels in America and Show Boat (Hayes nom, Supporting Actress, Musical) at Signature; Crestfall, Skylight, and Frozen at Studio; and Our Town and A Prayer for Owen Meany at Round House. She will be seen as Olga in the upcoming You Can’t Take It with You at Everyman Theatre. She has appeared on Homicide: Life on the Streets. As co-director of the Honors Conservatory at Theatre Lab, she prepares adult actors for professional theater work. Back


EUGENE O’NEILL (1888-1953) began writing when melodrama dominated American theater. Influenced by Strindberg and Ibsen, O’Neill vowed to strip theater of sentimentality. He won Pulitzers for Beyond the Horizon, Anna Christie, and Strange Interlude and received further acclaim for The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape, Desire Under the Elms, The Great God Brown, and Mourning Becomes Electra. In 1936, he won the Nobel Prize, the only American playwright so honored. The autobiographical The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten tower over his other works and portray with “faithful realism” the haunting figures of his family. He won a fourth Pulitzer, posthumously, in 1956 for Long Day’s Journey into Night. In a career of more than three decades, O’Neill experimented with dramatic techniques, tackled controversial issues, and changed American theater forever. Back

KYLE DONNELLY (Director). Previous shows at Arena include Well, The Women, Born Yesterday, She Loves Me, Polk County (Helen Hayes Award Best Musical), Dancing at Lughnasa (Helen Hayes Award Best Production), Misalliance, Tom Walker, Lovers and Executioners, School for Wives and many others while associate artistic director. She has directed in regional theaters around the country, including Seattle Rep, Steppenwolf, Huntington, Goodman, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkeley Rep, McCarter Theatre, O’Neill Theatre Festival, Old Globe, ACT in San Francisco, Alliance as well as the American premiere of Give Me Your Answer, Do! for Roundabout in New York. She runs the Professional Actor Training Program at University of California San Diego and holds the Arthur and Molli Wagner Endowed Chair in Acting. Back

KATE EDMUNDS (Set Designer). Designs at Arena Stage include She Loves Me, Born Yesterday, The Piano Lesson, South Pacific, Camelot, A Moon for the Misbegotten, and How I Learned to Drive. Other shows with Ms. Donnelly directing include Opus, Groundswell, The Constant Wife and Aristocrats. Kate has designed at many regional theaters, including American Conservatory Theater (S.F.), Berkeley Repertory, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Seattle Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Old Globe, Huntington, California Shakespeare Theater, Children’s Theater of Minneapolis, and Mark Taper Forum, among others. She designed the Technology Benefitting Humanity exhibit hall at San Jose Tech Museum. Her work has garnered many awards, and she received San Francisco Magazine’s first Arts Achievement Award. She teaches design at UC Santa Cruz. Back

NAN CIBULA-JENKINS (Costume Designer). At Arena Stage, Nan designed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, She Loves Me, Well, Molly Sweeney, and Kean. At Steppenwolf, she designed Clybourne Park, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross, Topdog/Underdog, The Dresser, and many others. Other Chicago work includes Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Goodman, and Writers’ Theatre. Other regional work includes OSF, Seattle Rep, McCarter, KC Rep, Alliance, Hartford Stage, Dallas Theater, Alley, ART, Public Theater, ACT (Seattle), MTC, and Kennedy Center. She was original costume designer for the U.S. premiere of Glengarry Glen Ross and the original Broadway and tour productions of Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. Nan has received the Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration, Hollywood Drama-Logue and Joseph Jefferson Award. She is head of costume design at DePaul Univ.’s Theatre School. Back

RUSSELL CHAMPA (Lighting Designer) Broadway: in the next room (or the vibrator play), God Said “Ha!” Off-Broadway: The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (Vineyard); Eurydice (Second Stage); The Four of Us, Yellowman, The Other Side (MTC); plus productions at Public Theater, Promenade Theater, Union Square Theatre, Classic Stage Company, New York Stage and Film, Cherry Lane Theatre, Primary Stages, MCC, Zipper, La MaMa ETC. Regional: ACT, Mark Taper Forum, Peace, Wilma Theater, Berkeley Rep, Trinity Rep, Yale Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, McCarter Theatre, Old Globe, ATL/Humana Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Seattle Rep, Cal Shakes, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Kennedy Center. Back

MICHAEL ROTH (Composer, Music Direction, Arrangements). D.C. credits include Ion and The Persians (Hayes nom) at Shakespeare. Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional credits include collaborations with Des McAnuff (Stratford Festival productions and films of Twelfth Night and The Tempest with Christopher Plummer), Anne Bogart, Culture Clash, Tom Stoppard, Daniel Sullivan, Mac Wellman, and many productions as resident artist at South Coast Rep and La Jolla Playhouse. Recent films include Jews and Baseball (documentary). His many collaborations with Randy Newman include music direction for Disney’s Princess and the Frog. He’s accompanied singers from Alice Ripley to Alicia Keys, and his opera Their Thought and Back Again is available via iTunes and Works-in-progress include Christopher Plummer’s one-man show and Imagination Dead Imagine, text by Samuel Beckett, for L.A.’s Eclipse String Quartet. Back

CHRISTAL SCHANES (Hair & Makeup Designer) is a two-time Emmy nominee on the wig and hair team at Saturday Night Live. Through her business FeatherLight Wigs, she builds facial hair and custom wigs for theater, film and TV. Her TV credits include Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Adult Swim’s The Heart She Holler, and NBC’s Kings. Her film work includes The Last Film Festival, Death in Love, Premium Rush, Salt, Night at the Museum II, Spiderman III, Righteous Kill and Old Dogs. She assisted on the Broadway productions of Tarzan and Coram Boy and has worked with American Ballet Theatre, Arena Stage, Fischer PAC, and Univ. of Delaware. She also has taught at Univ. of North Carolina School of the Arts, Duke Univ., and the Kennedy Center. Back

JENNA HENDERSON (Stage Manager) was previously at Arena Stage as stage manager for You, Nero and R. Buckminster Fuller and assistant stage manager for Ruined, Oklahoma! 2010, The Light in the Piazza, Stick Fly, and Legacy of Light. Other Washington credits include: The Comedy of Errors (Folger Theatre); The Little Dog Laughed (Signature Theatre); Shining City and My Children! My Africa! (Studio Theatre); Night Must Fall, The Heiress, and The Underpants (Olney Theatre Center). Proud member of Actors’ Equity. Back

CHRISTI B. SPANN (Asst. Stage Manager) recently moved to D.C. from Denver, where she stage managed for 12 seasons with Denver Center Theatre Company. She worked various summers with Great River Shakespeare Festival, Lizard Head Theatre Company, and UCCS TheatreWorks. Most recently, she worked at Shakespeare Theatre on Two Gentlemen of Verona (a rock opera). Back